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Northern California Palm Society

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The Northern California Palm Society has scheduled three meetings so far for this year. Please check back for updates.

Please contact me if you are interested in hosting a meeting at your garden.

We hope to see you!

April, May, June- Open

Edith Bergstrom Garden- Atherton, Ca. -July 8th, 2012.

Ian McDonald Garden- San Rafael, Ca.- August 26, 2012.

Scott and Cynthia Sanfield Garden- Berkeley, Ca.- October 7th, 2012.

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The next meeting of the Northern California Palm Society will be at the Lakeside Palmetum in Oakland on June 3rd at 1:30pm and will be preceeded by a general board meeting at 12:15pm. Everyone is invited to attend!

The mediterranean garden and the bird bath focal point at its centerpiece have been completed at the Palmetum. This palm garden is maintained by a group of dedicated IPS members who routinely meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Their dedication and efforts in the garden have been duly noted! Please click on the following link for detailed information about the garden, the park, the species of palms in the collection and the address:

http://www.palmsnc.org/pages/palmetum.php

Lakeside Palmetum- Oakland, Ca. -June 3, 2012.

Edith Bergstrom Garden- Atherton, Ca. -July 8th, 2012.

Ian McDonald Garden- San Rafael, Ca.- August 26, 2012.

Scott and Cynthia Sanfield Garden- Berkeley, Ca.- October 7th, 2012.

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also, please note for the Lakeside Palmetum meeting:

"this will be a “brown bag” event, so please bring a sack lunch to enjoy while sitting in the shade of the garden. Ice chests will be provided, so please bring your favorite beverage. Also, an auction will be held, donations of potted palms or companion plants will be greatly appreciated!”

Lakeside Palmetum- Oakland, Ca. -June 3, 2012.

Edith Bergstrom Garden- Atherton, Ca. -July 8th, 2012.

Ian McDonald Garden- San Rafael, Ca.- August 26, 2012.

Scott and Cynthia Sanfield Garden- Berkeley, Ca.- October 7th, 2012.

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Northern California Palm Society meeting being held at the Lakeside Palmetum in Oakland on June 3rd at 1:30pm. The meeting will be preceeded by a general board meeting at 12:15pm. Everyone is invited to attend!

If you haven't seen the palmetum lately, come and see the completed Mediterranean Garden with the beautiful bird bath at its focal point. Jubeaea chilensis have been planted on the perimeter of the entrance. Come and enjoy an afternoon with us!

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Our next meeting is at the beautiful Edith Bergstrom garden in Atherton, California on July 8th. If you havent visited her vast collection of rare palms, it is not to be missed!

Edith Bergstrom Garden- Atherton, Ca. -July 8th, 2012.

Ian McDonald Garden- San Rafael, Ca.- August 26, 2012.

Scott and Cynthia Sanfield Garden- Berkeley, Ca.- October 7th, 2012.

Details about Edith's garden will be posted soon.

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Dear Palm Friends:

The next meeting of the Northern California Palm Society will be at Edith and Erik Bergstrom’s two acre garden in Atherton. It will begin at 1:00pm with the usual potluck lunch, followed by a garden tour and an auction/meeting.

Palms in the original garden began to be planted in 1990 after a major rebuilding of the existing house. Edith redesigned the garden and the first palms (now giants) were planted from one and five gallon cans.

In January, 2003 the lot next door was purchased, and over a period of more than a year at least 25 large truck loads of free top soil were brought in by an excavator. (He otherwise would have had to pay to dispose of it.) Many tons of compost were added, mixed and formed into the large berms Edith designed. She began planting palm trees on the part of the property that was not under construction in late 2003, but the work accelerated in 2005 after completion of the house addition and the indoor swimming pool. The pool area includes appropriate plantings and a two headed Syagrus romanzoffiana.

There are approximately 150 species and more than 400 palms of all sizes and shapes. You will be surprised at the rapid growth some have attained since the last meeting in 2008.

At the auction there will be rare and rarely offered young palms including: Syagrus yungasensis, Ceroxylon parvifrons, Trachycarpus takil and Trachycarpus nanus.

Directions:

Erik and Edith Bergstrom

149 Hawthorn Drive

Atherton, Ca 94027

650-322-7256

From the north, (San Francisco):

101 Freeway: Travel south to Marsh Road off ramp. Leave the freeway from the right hand slow lane and stay in right hand lane of the off ramp lanes. Then turn RIGHT onto Marsh Road and go STRAIGHT (west). Travel on Marsh Road for one mile until Marsh Road ends at a T intersection into Middlefield. Turn LEFT and drive two tenths of a mile. Turn LEFT from a left turn lane (this is the first left turn) into the right side opening of the entrance (there pillars in the center of the entrance. This is James Drive. Go two very short blocks and turn RIGHT on Hawthorn. Go about two tenths of a mile. The house is on the LEFT.

280 Freeway: Exit the freeway at Sand Hill Rd. Follow the signs to Menlo Park. Pass about 4 stop lights. Turn LEFT at the stop light at Santa Cruz Ave. This is a major intersection. (The road is called Junipero Serra on the right side at that stop light.) Keep to the LEFT when Santa Cruz Ave. splits after a couple of blocks. The street is now called Alameda de las Pulgas. In several blocks the road will narrow to two lanes. Watch for Valparaiso, and turn RIGHT. (There is a fire station on the left side, across the street at Valparaiso.) Follow Valparaiso to El Camino Real. The road changes its name after it crosses El Camino Real in Menlo Park. It is now Glenwood. Go another mile. At Middlefield Road you will see an arched gate facing you. Enter it, crossing Middlefield. This is Linden Drive. Go two short blocks. The road splits into three. Take the sharp LEFT turn onto Hawthorn. Go about two tenths of a mile. The house is on the RIGHT.

From the South, San Jose:

l0l Freeway: Travel north to Marsh Road. You will exit to the right; making a LEFT turn at the stop light at the end of the off ramp, to go back over the freeway (Turning right at the light would take you to the Dunbarton Bridge.) Follow the instructions starting at Marsh Road in the first paragraph.

280 Freeway: The instructions are the same as above.

From El Camino Real:

Turn right (coming from the south including from Stanford) or left (coming from the north) at Glenwood which is in the northern part of Menlo Park. Go one mile. At Middlefield Road you will see an arched gate facing you. Enter it, crossing Middlefield. This is Linden Drive. Go two short blocks. The road splits into three. Take the sharp LEFT turn onto Hawthorn. Go about two tenths of a mile. The house is on the RIGHT.

From East Bay:

Take the Dumbarton Bridge exit, (Highway #84), off #880. After crossing the bridge keep on the Bay Front Expressway ignoring the turnoffs to Palo Alto and Willow Rd. Then you will see signs that you are approaching the 101 freeway. Stay in the middle lane so you will not exit accidentally onto the freeway. You will go over it and be on Marsh Rd. heading west. You will go about one mile and Marsh dead ends into Middlefield. Turn LEFT and drive two tenths of a mile. Turn LEFT through entrance pillars with two large iron lanterns - James Drive – (the first left turn). Go two very short blocks and turn RIGHT on Hawthorn. Go about two tenths of a mile. The house is on the LEFT.

Next meetings:

Ian McDonald Garden- San Rafael, Ca.- August 26, 2012.

Scott and Cynthia Sanfield Garden- Berkeley, Ca.- October 7th, 2012.

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Can I bring auction items?

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Hi John!

Great to hear from you. Auction is on yes and check out the early list of items listed in Edith's post. See you there. Oh and hey Edith has a knockout collection of palms.

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Glenn,

Thanks!

Finally back in the game...I'll fill you in at the meeting if you're interested.

Take care.

JC

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Ian and Jane McDonald’s Palm Society Meeting

32 Driftwood CT

San Rafael

August 26th 1-5pm

The McDonald’s started planting in 1988 only to lose 50% of the garden in the 1990 freeze. It has been replanted. The low hit 24F. They are in a USDA zone 10a/ Sunset zone 17.

The garden is a typical Marin hillside garden that was terraced over a 15 year period with +/- 70 tons of Sonoma field stones.

We have +/- 25 different species of palms in the ground which includes: A. Cunninghamiana (25 ft); A. Wrightii (2 clumps) C. Cataractum; C. Costaricana, C. Elegans, C. Glaucifolia, C. Metallica, C. Microspadix, C. Pochutlensis, C. Radicalis (true and tree form some with 15 ft of trunk), C. Serfrizii, C. Stolonifera, H. Fosteriana (one with 8 ft of trunk), P. Reclinata (3 clump, one from seed from the Zambeze River, one seed collected at The Huntington Garden, P. Robelenii (over 30 in the garden some with 5-6 ft of trunk), R. Bauri and R. Sapida and many companion plants ranging from succulents to epiphytic and terrestrial orchids. They also have the usual suspects, Queens and C. Humilis

They look forward to welcoming you to their home.

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Ian and Jane McDonald’s Palm Society Meeting

32 Driftwood CT

San Rafael

August 26th 1-5pm

The McDonald’s started planting in 1988 only to lose 50% of the garden in the 1990 freeze. It has been replanted. The low hit 24F. They are in a USDA zone 10a/ Sunset zone 17.

The garden is a typical Marin hillside garden that was terraced over a 15 year period with +/- 70 tons of Sonoma field stones.

We have +/- 25 different species of palms in the ground which includes: A. Cunninghamiana (25 ft); A. Wrightii (2 clumps) C. Cataractum; C. Costaricana, C. Elegans, C. Glaucifolia, C. Metallica, C. Microspadix, C. Pochutlensis, C. Radicalis (true and tree form some with 15 ft of trunk), C. Serfrizii, C. Stolonifera, H. Fosteriana (one with 8 ft of trunk), P. Reclinata (3 clump, one from seed from the Zambeze River, one seed collected at The Huntington Garden, P. Robelenii (over 30 in the garden some with 5-6 ft of trunk), R. Bauri and R. Sapida and many companion plants ranging from succulents to epiphytic and terrestrial orchids. They also have the usual suspects, Queens and C. Humilis

They look forward to welcoming you to their home.

Also, please bring a potluck dish to share. We will also be holding a meeting and palm auction.

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Ian and Jane McDonald’s Palm Society Meeting

32 Driftwood CT

San Rafael

August 26th 1-5pm

The McDonald’s started planting in 1988 only to lose 50% of the garden in the 1990 freeze. It has been replanted. The low hit 24F. They are in a USDA zone 10a/ Sunset zone 17.

The garden is a typical Marin hillside garden that was terraced over a 15 year period with +/- 70 tons of Sonoma field stones.

We have +/- 25 different species of palms in the ground which includes: A. Cunninghamiana (25 ft); A. Wrightii (2 clumps) C. Cataractum; C. Costaricana, C. Elegans, C. Glaucifolia, C. Metallica, C. Microspadix, C. Pochutlensis, C. Radicalis (true and tree form some with 15 ft of trunk), C. Serfrizii, C. Stolonifera, H. Fosteriana (one with 8 ft of trunk), P. Reclinata (3 clump, one from seed from the Zambeze River, one seed collected at The Huntington Garden, P. Robelenii (over 30 in the garden some with 5-6 ft of trunk), R. Bauri and R. Sapida and many companion plants ranging from succulents to epiphytic and terrestrial orchids. They also have the usual suspects, Queens and C. Humilis

They look forward to welcoming you to their home.

Also, please bring a potluck dish to share. We will also be holding a meeting and palm auction.

Directions to Ian And Jane McDonalds

32 Driftwood Ct San Rafael

415-485-0669

From North of San Rafael

>Hwy 101 South

>Exit at “Central San Rafael” ( Hetherton St)

> Left on 2nd Street (L at 4th set of lights)

> 2nd street becomes Point San Pedro Rd

5. Stay on Point San Pedro Rd for 3 miles

6. Left at Knight Drive (Glenwood Neighborhood)

7. Right at Castlewood Dr (first stop sign)

8. First Left at Cottonwood Dr

9. First Right onto Driftwood CT (#32 is 7th house on the Right)

From South of San Rafael

>Hwy 101 North

>Take Central San Rafael exit (Irwin St)

> Right on 2nd St (first R ) stay in middle lane

>Steps 5 thru 9 above

From East Bay

>Take Richmond /San Rafael Bridge (Hwy 580)

> Merge onto Hwy 101 stay in Right lane

>Take Central San Rafael Exit (Irwin St)

>First Right onto 2nd St. stay in middle lane

> Steps 5-9 above

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East Contra County Invasion to San Rafael scheduled for Sunday! Visas are updated and we are armed and ready!

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Our next meeting is at the home of Scott and Cynthia Sanfield in Berkeley on October 7th. Directions and details coming soon!

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Scott and Cyndi Stanfield welcome you to their home and palm garden in North Berkeley. Their 80+ palms (and many cycads and tree ferns) were planted by the late Tom Roe, also a member of the IPS, over the past 4 decades on a third of an acre. The house is a fully-restored grand Victorian built over 123 years ago. The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association recently bestowed their top award to the house in 2012.

Among some of the garden highlights are a mature Jubaea chilensis (now with 'coquitos' for the first time), several Raphis and Caryotas, a large multi-trunk Phoenix reclinata, a Ceroxylon, an 8' Juania australis.

Getting here is easy: from I-80, take the Gilman Exit. Follow Gilman east until it runs into Hopkins. Make a left on Hopkins, then an immediate left on Albina. Look for 8 story Norfolk Island Pine and Jubaea in the front.

Our street address is 1330 Albina Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706

Sunday, October 7 at 1pm

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On behalf of the Northern California Palm Society we want to thank all of our meeting hosts and those who attended our visits.

If you live in Northern California and are interested in palm gardening we welcome you attend to our gatherings. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. You can also visit our website at:

http://www.palmsnc.org/index.htm

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